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Charl Bosch
Online Motoring Reporter
3 minute read
16 Nov 2021
8:25 pm

Isuzu preparing for stronger assault on Fortuner and Everest with new MU-X

Charl Bosch

Once again based on the D-Max bakkie coming to South Africa next year, the MU-X represents a huge departure from the previous model inside and out.

New MU-X has arrived

With the all-new Isuzu D-Max around the corner, the Japanese automaker has set its new product ball in motion with the unveiling of the second generation MU-X.

Arriving on the back of its world debut in Thailand last year, the D-Max underpinned MU-X not only provides a taster of what to expect from Isuzu’s rival for the new Ford Ranger and Toyota Hilux, but also represents a massive departure from the original that debuted in 2018 as the replacement for its departing sibling, the Chevrolet TrailBlazer.

Based on the same Drive Dynamics platform as the D-Max, the MU-X once again provides seating for seven with dimensions of 4 850 mm in overall length, a wheelbase of 2 855 mm, height of between 1 820 mm and 1 825 mm and width of 1 870 mm.

New Isuzu MU-X South Africa
MU-X in new flagship Onyx spec

As part of its new architecture, the Thai-built MU-X boasts a five-link rear suspension setup with the front comprising a double wishbone with coil spring design. Ground clearance is rated 235 mm with Isuzu claiming a wading depth of 800 mm.  

Able to a 3 500 kg braked trailer, the MU-X has a breakover angle of 24 degrees, departure of 26 degrees and approach of 30 degrees with the towing capacity for an unbraked trailer standing at 750 kg.

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New inside and out, the MU-X, for the first time in South Africa, offers a choice of trim levels with motivation coming as standard from the upgraded 4JJ3-TCX 3.0-litre D-TEQ, now called DDI, turbodiesel engine.

New Isuzu MU-X South Africa
Interior a massive step-up from the previous model.

Hooked to a six-speed automatic gearbox, the unit produces 140kW/450Nm, 10kW/70Nm more than the previous 3.0-litre 4JJ1-TCX, with Isuzu claiming a combined fuel consumption of 7.6 L/100 km. A rear diff-lock is standard on all models.

As mentioned, the line-up expands from two four models with specification in the entry-level LS comprising 17-inch alloy wheels, a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, plus the following:

  • reverse camera;
  • six-speaker sound system;
  • multi-function steering wheel;
  • cruise control;
  • rear parking sensors;
  • follow-me-home, auto-levelling LED headlights;
  • electric mirrors;
  • rain sense wipers;
  • LED daytime running lights;
  • leather wrapped steering wheel;
  • all around electric windows;
  • rear air-conditioning vents;
  • Hill Start Assist;
  • Hill Descent Control;
  • Trailer Sway Control;

Moving up, the LSE swaps the 17-inch wheels for 18-inch alloys, while also receiving front parking sensors, keyless start and walk away auto locking as well as:

New Isuzu MU-X South Africa
For the first time, a choice of trim levels are offered with the LS being the entry-level model.
  • folding and heated electric mirrors;
  • nine-inch touchscreen infotainment system;
  • eight-speaker sound system;
  • leather upholstery;
  • dual-zone climate control;
  • electric front seats;
  • central storage area;
  • electric tailgate;
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert;
  • Blind Spot Monitoring
New Isuzu MU-X South Africa
LS the only model to offer either rear-or-four-wheel-drive.

Sitting at the top of the range, the Onyx rides on model specific 20-inch alloys and serves as the only derivative to come as standard with Multi-Collision Brake Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control, a front camera and Autonomous Emergency Braking.

Also part of its spec sheet is:

  • Auto High Beam Assist;
  • Forward Collision Warning;
  • Pedal Misapplication Mitigation;
  • Driver Attention Monitor;
  • Lane Departure Warning;
  • Lane Keep Assist;
  • ambient lighting;
  • auto-dimming rear-view mirror;
  • heated front seats
New Isuzu MU-X South Africa
A smaller seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system features on the LS.

In total, the MU-X comes in a choice of eight colours with five being new:

  • Splash White;
  • Obsidian Grey
  • Dolomite White;
  • Mercury Silver;
  • Onyx Black;
  • Santos Brown;
  • Red Spinel;
  • Sapphire Blue

Pricing

Standard on all models is a five year/120 000 km as well as a five year/90 000 km service plan.

  • MU-X 3.0 DDI LS AT – R693 800
  • MU-X 3.0 DDI LS 4×4 AT – R771 600
  • MU-X 3.0 DDI LSE AT – R763 300
  • MU-X 3.0 DDI Onyx 4×4 AT – R860 500